A Health Alert from Johns Hopkins released last week states that “A growing number of medical professionals are finding that yoga can provide relief for some low back pain sufferers. Within the past few years, findings from well-designed, peer-reviewed studies have begun to move the practice of yoga beyond the category of alternative therapy.”
In addition, the article says that not all yoga is the same; that Iyengar Yoga is appropriate for “those with physical limitations such as back pain”. A study involving 101 patients with low back pain showed that their pain was relieved using Iyengar method yoga poses for the lower back. According to the article, “the study…followed three groups of adults (101 people total) with chronic low back pain over a 12-week period, comparing their experiences with yoga, conventional physical therapy or a self-help book. Yoga yielded significantly better results overall, with benefits that included reduced pain and improved back function. Importantly, these benefits lasted at least 14 weeks after the yoga intervention ended. ”
Musing with students recently, Carolyn Belko mentioned that “Iyengar yoga is the only yoga that doctors refer their patients to by name.” A significant number of yoga therapeutics students have come to the Iyengar Center as a result of referrals by their doctors. The Iyengar Yoga Center of North County is one of a few Centers in the country to offer yoga therapeutics.
Read the full Johns Hopkins article here.